Daily Israel Report

PM Calls Hana, whose Israel ID Echoes Camp Number

Part of the number the Nazis tattooed on Hana's arm reappeared in her Israeli ID.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 4/8/2013, 4:17 PM

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called Holocaust survivor Hana Greenberg, the grandmother of an officer who served in the Prime Minister's Office until recently, and wished her well on Sunday.

The number tattooed on Greenberg's forearm by the Nazis at the Auschwitz concentration camp ended with the numerals 78. When she became an Israeli citizen, the Israeli ID number she was issued also ended with the same numerals.

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"The entire nation knows your story, and your story moved us. I will do as you asked, and safeguard our country. I thank you very much and you should be proud of your children and grandchildren," Netanyahu told Hana.

Netanyahu told Hana's story in his speech at Yad Vashem Sunday evening. "The number of death Hana received at the Auschwitz camp of annihilation is her number of life in the state of Israel."

"Hana immigrated to the Land of Israel," Netanyahu said in his speech. "Her husband fought in the War of Independence, and today her grandson, an officer in the IDF, is instructing the future commanders, whose mission is to make sure that we live here forever."